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Mar 5, 2014 6:04 PM by Brian White

TPD: Boy's bones found in toy box, parents charged

TUCSON - The mother of the child whose remains were found in a home has been charged with murder, Tucson Police said in a press conference Wednesday.

Raquel Barreras, 39, was arrested and charged with first degree murder of her 3-year-old son Roman Barreras. The boy's father and Raquel's husband, Martin Barreras, is charged with child abuse.

A landlord cleaning the property found Roman's skeletal remains Tuesday and called 911. Villaseñor said Roman's remains were found in an "attached structure" outside of the house in a blue toy box. The landlord said the previous tenants had been evicted.

Detectives later located the previous tenants-- Raquel, Martin and their 4 children-- near the 100 block of West Pennsylvania. Three of their daughters, aged 10 to 4 years, and a 12-year-old son were found with Raquel and Martin.

Villaseñor said Tucson Police were called to their home in the past. Officers checked on the welfare of the children when their schools had reported them truant.

3-year-old Roman lived mostly in this attached structure outside the house, Villaseñor said. The Barreras' were living in a home at one point that had no running water, Villaseñor added.

Villaseñor said the surviving children have been placed into protective custody.

Sources within Child Protective Services confirm that the agency was involved with the family in August 2012.

Court records show Raquel was found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2008.

Court records show the Barreras' were evicted from their home on Idaho in December for not paying rent.

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